Building A New Campground

KOA has developed, built, and operated campgrounds in North America for over 45 years, and continues to focus on increasing the size and strength of the KOA system. We are not just a consultant; we are your partner in working to help make your campground a success. With this approach, quality and consistently become the watchwords for your campground. KOA’s wealth of experience often can save you more than the entire franchise cost.

KOA is adding new and dynamic campgrounds designed to serve today’s camping public with both traditional facilities and high-profit additions. All newly constructed KOAs can offer the camping public a full range of camping experiences including Kamping Kottages, Kamping Kabins, Lodges, “Super Sites” for tents and RVs, etc.

Using campground designs that grow and change to meet the camping demand of the future, you also have the opportunity to design and build a campground that reflects your individual concepts. Don’t make the mistake of building a new park based on 30-year old designs. From online reservations systems to satellite restrooms, KOA is leading the way.

Why choose KOA? We bring you:

The most recognized and respected name in the campground industry.

Top-quality, cutting-edge campground design assistance.

National and International marketing programs that put campers on KOA Campgrounds:

  • 1.7 million KOA Directories and KOA Quick Guides placed in the hands of your customers annually.
  • - world’s largest camping web site with over 15 million visits each year.
  • Real-time internet reservations.
  • Attendance at North American and International RV & Travel Shows.

KOA-U, our premier campground management training center, which lays the foundation for franchisees’ success.

On-going support and consulting from the world’s leading experts in campground management.

State-of-the-art proprietary camper and campground management computer systems, supported by a professional staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

An exclusive territory for all new KOA campgrounds.

How much money will you need?

KOA recommends that you have a minimum of $225,000 to get started. Costs to construct a new campground can range from $750,000 to well over $1 million, and you’ll need sufficient funds to get the project underway and sustain construction and operations until the campground is up and running.

New Construction Franchise Fees

The fee for a new construction franchise is $30,000. This fee includes:

  • Technical services consulting and design assistance
  • On-site construction consulting
  • Training for two at KOA-U including airfare and hotel.
  • KOA sign package including a grand opening package.
  • Presence on the world’s largest camping web site
  • eKamp (KOA’s intranet service).
  • KampSight campground management system and training
  • Co-operative advertising programs.
  • KOA directory listing
  • On-site KOA consultant (after opening)
  • National and international advertising programs.

Ongoing franchise fees include an 8 percent royalty, and a 2 percent advertising fee used for marketing programs which add to the recognition and success of KOA campgrounds. KOA franchise fees are based solely on site registration revenue. No fees are paid on store sales, propane, food service, etc.

Estimates for New Campground Construction:

A rule of thumb for new campground construction is $15,000 - $24,500 per campsite, not including the initial cost of the land.

To make a campground financially viable, KOA recommends an initial development plan of 75-90 sites on at least 10 acres. This means minimum start-up costs of about $1,125,000 - $1,350,000 (excluding land).

If you’d like additional information on campground design, costs, construction, etc., please email KOA at, call 800-548-7239, or complete the Information Request Form and a KOA development specialist will contact you.